Latest posts by Verdun

First veg plot ideas - asparagus?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 11:53

Lie, asparagus is a luxury crop...expensive to buy in the shops so worth growing.

you are right to dismiss carrots if you feel you cannot grow them.  

Runner beans grown over a wigwam, dwarf french beans, peas for a delicious treat, lettuce will not take up much space, a few beetroot too, a small patch of parsley, chives and a pot of mint would be my advice.

good luck Lie.  Enjoy your veg plot 


Posted: 04/03/2016 at 11:47

A couple of showers but mainly sunny and bright here.  Planned to topdress the front lawn today but its wet right now. hoping it will dry out during the afternoon.  

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 11:39

for fear of the wrath of the forum I have resisted mentioning the EU.....I have escaped lynching by the skin of my teeth. 

however, Simon you  have linked it to our gardens so (should be) safer 

re our gardens, I think we should be out of the EU.  It has meddled in our laws from forbidding us to grow certain varieties of vegetables to the chemicals we can use.  We would have tightened up on many chemicals without the EU.....we aren't that backward 

it is, or should be, about choice. The EU denies us any choice.  It will be even more dictatorial.

Who knows what diktats will be issued about our gardens, our right to garden?  To accommodate an exploding population here will we have to give up land to accommodate them?  Locally there is a move to control bungalow longer will a bungalow be deemed a retirement space.  It is seen as a luxury we can no longer will no doubt incur excessive council tax charges to drive people into flats without garden space. 

Europe has changed alarmingly and quickly over recent years, over recent months especially, and far from creating unity and peace europe is a squabbling, disorganised mess.  We have seen nothing yet; following the referendum....make no mistake a "no" to europe will not be accepted...things will be far worse.

here in Cornwall we have benefitted from european money to help our economy....europe is now we were overpaid and wants the money back???

I hope the electorate holds its nerve and votes to keep our independence

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 09:12

Hmmmmm!  showers now.  Should have kept quiet.   But sun around too 

Trailing plants

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 09:10

Aym, a tad warmer here (far SW) I think over winter but I plant dahlias tubers in pots covering them with just tips of stems above the compost. Prob a little early to water just yet....dry compost is fine for now.  Begonias are traditionally placed near top of the compost......compost barely covering them.  Again, would not water just yet. 

Patience for just a while longer 

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 08:40

Like the sound of that Black Forest cheesecake Marion 

I will send some of our sunshine up to you 

Trailing plants

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 08:35

Aym, not quite sure I understand you....."keep alive during the summer"?  Do you really mean during the winter?

my tubers are 4 years old now, pretty big.  I protect them over winter as I do with dahlias, viz., frost free and dry.  Excellent value because the tubers increase in size every year.  Mine are about 6" 

In 3 or 4 weeks I will plant near the surface of good compost in a largish container.  Add fish blood and bone and keep reasonably well watered.  they will flower all summer into autumn. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 08:13

Morning everyone 

lovely bright sunny far 

if it stays dry I will top dress front lawn

porridge with my own blackcurrants right now......still a few bags left in the freezer 


Trailing plants

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 08:08

Have that aym......colour all summer   Would not like acid conditions that azalea needs

Pieris will simply outgrow the azalea.......not good companions in a pot at all 

GW magazine subscription

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 22:29

I have been disappointed with GW magazine recently. The Garden is better.  

I think it is over priced. not enough depth on any article 


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